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The Road Home

Photo of Coal the deer peering at the camera from behind some brush.
Courtesy of Moab resident Steve Ross

Tuesday evening, Jan. 28, 2020

Photo of doors to the now closed Road Home shelter.
Jon Reed / KUER

The Road Home has been at the center of a long and awkward transition in the Salt Lake area’s homeless services model. But on Thursday – the same day the group closed its downtown facility for good – the nonprofit announced it had won a $5 million grant from the Day 1 Families Fund, a charity backed by Amazon founder and billionaire Jeff Bezos. 

Yazzie stands with arms folded in a framing warehouse.
Whittney Evans / KUER

Every weekday, 49-year-old Fabian Yazzie wakes up at 3:30 a.m., hops on his bicycle, boards a train traveling to the opposite end of the valley and clocks into work at exactly 5:20 a.m. It's a long haul, but the formerly homeless Yazzie says it doesn't bother him.

Whittney Evans/KUER

A legislative audit shows drug use and other safety issues continue to be a problem inside three facilities owned by The Road Home, months after state and local officials launched a law enforcement crackdown in the neighborhood. 

Whittney Evans / KUER

Homeless people poured into the Salt Palace Convention Center early Friday morning to get a whole range of services from haircuts to family planning as part of the city’s first annual Project Homeless Connect.

Whittney Evans

The Road Home shelter in Salt Lake City met its state-imposed deadline for moving all families out of the facility by July 15th.

Nicole Nixon

All seven city council members signed a letter to Mayor Jackie Biskupski and Utah Transit Authority CEO Jerry Benson this week, saying they were ‘alarmed’ to learn about the plans.

Whittney Evans

The Road Home in downtown Salt Lake City will close its doors when the city’s four newly announced shelters are complete. But the organization will likely continue providing services to people in need.

Elijah Earl / KUER

Salt Lake City leaders opened a new community connections center today, across the street from The Road Home shelter. 

Whittney Evans

Ten of Salt Lake County’s 16 cities have combined forces and set aside $200,000 to increase services for the homeless in Salt Lake County. It’s a new collaboration spearheaded by Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker and Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams.